Musique, Danse et Théâtre
| 82 min
| Dutch German
From the streets of Kinshasa to world fame: the music doc BENDA BILILI! premiered in Cannes and charts the rise of street musicians Staff Benda Bilili to the top band in Congo.
“Electrifying...a miracle!“ (Libération) “The KINSHASA SOCIAL CLUB!” (The Times) Five years ago directors Renaud Barret and Florent de La Tullaye met the musicians of Staff Benda Bilili in the streets of Kinshasa. The band members, some of whom walk on crutches due to polio, play a rousing mixture of soukous (Congolese rhumba), soul, reggae, funk and blues. The group's musical breakthrough was accelerated by the attention generated through this moving portrait, which won Best Music Documentary at Hamburg's Unerhört festival “shows the power of believing in yourself which helps to overcome the worst obstacles.”